Black Ops II, Minecraft top Xbox Live 2012 activity

Latest Call of Duty most-played title on Xbox Live during past year; Minecraft top-selling XBLA game for the year.

Microsoft has announced the top Xbox Live games of 2012, revealing Call of Duty: Black Ops II to be the most-played game through the service during the past year. Black Ops II was also the best-selling game in the United States during 2012. It has generated over $1 billion in revenue.

Rounding out the top five Xbox 360 titles, based on number of unique users per day, were Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Halo 4, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. The chart was dominated by shooters, sports, and driving games, which made up 75 percent of all top games for 2012.

The top Xbox Live Arcade game for 2012, based on full versions purchased, was Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. Microsoft did not share specific sales data for the game, though developer Mojang announced this month that it sold just over 5 million units during the year.

The top five best-selling XBLA games for 2012 were Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, followed by Trials Evolution, The Walking Dead, Pinball FX2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Full lists of top Xbox 360 and XBLA games for 2012 are below.

Top Xbox 360 games for 2012 (based on unique users per day)

Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Halo 4
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Call of Duty: Black Ops
FIFA Soccer 13
FIFA Soccer 12
Battlefield 3
Halo: Reach
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Borderlands 2
Assassin’s Creed III
Skyrim
Madden NFL 13
Gears of War 3
NBA 2K13
NBA 2K12
Far Cry 3 Grand Theft Auto IV
Forza Motorsport 4

Top XBLA games for 2012 (based on full versions purchased)

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Trials Evolution
The Walking Dead
Pinball FX2
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Castle Crashers
Gotham City Impostors
I Am Alive
Fruit Ninja Kinect
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
Trials HD
Magic 2013
Fez
Dungeon Defenders
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Peggle
The Simpsons Arcade Game
Real Steel
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Full House Poker

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Discussion

45 comments
batmangamer1
batmangamer1

Well anyone who wants to play halo 4 with me gimme gsmertags. especially girls.lol

tightwad34
tightwad34

And in other predictable news, if you are born you will be either male or female or both.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

We all know that, in the end, it all amounts to this.

= GO FAR CRY 3 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV! =

Wait, what?! What did I just read?

dz99ls
dz99ls

haters be damned

RudeX
RudeX

Woo Hoo, Go Gears...

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Wow, my season pass money paid for this commercial - other than the shitty maps that will be voted off by Hijacked.

holtrocks
holtrocks

CoD just aint my cup of tea anymore, the repetitive gameplay just is not fun.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Hmm... seems that most nerds have different taste than I do... 

*shrugs*

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

why do they refer to it as FIFA soccer when is says soccer nowhere on the box?

botsio
botsio

call of duty straight to gamers hall of fame!

botsio
botsio

good to be back after a long absence!had to write my end of semester exam!thank God its all over!the sleepness nights fear of failure!its all over!

Kane04
Kane04

Did FIFA beat both Madden and NBA?

I thought the Americans always said outside the US = nothing.

Saladudo
Saladudo

It's 2013 already and I still don't get how people keep playing FPS games on consoles. Gamepad aiming is clumsy and stiff as f*ck.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

just like i told everyone on this site halo 4 is not gonna beat black ops 2 i called right 

Aria1368
Aria1368

Battlefield 3 catching up ! I'm sure it's in the better position on PSN.

steelmouth
steelmouth

damn it dont seem like COD is going anywhere any time soon we may just have to learn to live with it

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

I love how GS feels it neccessary to write articles about Stats which mean absolutely nothing to anyone.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Bl4KD37H  That is pathetic. I would think the numbers for PSN would be quite different.

brothersinarmsb
brothersinarmsb

@ScreamDream 


I'll tell you how Halo 4 was beaten by MW3. Halo 4 sucks. Could be one of the worst Halo games multiplayer , right beside Halo Reach

OortCloud33
OortCloud33

@Saladudo I'm sorry dude, it works well. Just because you suck it doesn't mean it's clumsy.

NicAgent
NicAgent

@steelmouth COD was a highly-respected FPS franchise from COD 4 through Black Ops... some criticism with MW2, yeah, but the first BOps really helped turn it around.  Today, we need to get over the stigma that MW3 caused the franchise, since Black Ops II is really a good shooter and that players are too hesitant to give COD another chance.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@brothersinarmsb @ScreamDream Agreed that they're the worst Halos on multiplayer. But Halo 4 and Reach beat Call of Duty any day. And I thought Reach's multiplayer was fun even if it wasn't exactly the best.

Saladudo
Saladudo

@OortCloud33 @Saladudo You may get used to the gamepad stiffness and master it but still it's inferior to keyboard & mouse when playing FPS games, period.

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

@NicAgent

 Cod 1-5 = absolutely amazing (mostly)

MW2 = not fantastic but pretty good

Cod 7 onwards = where did it all go so wrong

that's how I see it anyway


Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Only a madman would believe BO2 is better than MW3.  The first black ops was superior in gameplay to both though.  I wish the statement that people make that each game is just updated map packs were true as it wouldn't have resulted in the pile of crap that is BO2. 

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@TheSkyrimStatue @Lestat_jio PC is superior for precise aiming. Controller is superior for movement. 

Mouse aims better. Analog sicks have the ability to control movement speed, which the keyboard cannot.

The reason why you can play shooters so well with a controller is auto-aim. 'Nuff said.

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

@Lestat_jio @TheSkyrimStatue The port I was referring to was the new carrier command. You compare that to console ports like half-life and the movement just feels clunky and robotic. And although you can move in any direction you look at, you can't be aiming at a target and moving forward at say 30 degrees while slowly accelerating or jog around in circles while looking at a stationary object. And the way I see it, having to move you're hand across a keyboard to slightly change movement speed is a real drag. I just prefer the extra freedom you get with sticks. 

Lestat_jio
Lestat_jio

@TheSkyrimStatue actually, all the games had the same movement options, (unless the devs changed it in the port) also you control the aim and therefore the movement direction. the "walk" key is bounded in every game. You need to check "options->keyboard" in every game, but is almos universal.

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

@Lestat_jio That's just my opinion  because i hate the binary like movement that comes with keyboard buttons. It's most noticeable when you've been using a pad for a while and then play a PC game or bad console port and finding that you can only move in 8 directions and you've got no way of controlling your speed. It's just hold button to run, let go to stand still, there's no walking  

Lestat_jio
Lestat_jio

@TheSkyrimStatue @Lestat_jio @Saladudo gamepad has a very little config options, PC inputs,  mouse and keyboard has a ton, via the game, config files, and drivers. thats why dont agree with your  "movement infinitely better with an analoge", and experience of course.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@Rayzakk What if I told you, that I thought Black Ops 2 is superior to Modern Warfare 3?

Each to his own, I guess. I agree that Black Ops 1 has superior quality to the two, though.